Mark D. Nanos, “Paul and the Jewish Tradition: The Ideology of the Shema”, Villanova University, Philadelphia, October 23, 2008, from http://www.mjstudies.com
This is from the sermon entitled “Messianic Judaism” delivered by D. Thomas Lancaster at Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, Wisconsin. You can listen to or download the entire sermon here.
My dream, my goal, my purpose…. is to restore as much as we can, with G-ds help, of the original; to go back to the original; before the Protestant Reformation; before the Vatican; before the church councils; before Nicea; before Constantine; before Ignatius; before the church fathers. All the way back to those original believers, the communities of the apostles; the guys I want to hang out with. I want to practice my faith like they did. I want to revive that because that’s as close to the actual faith and practice and life of Yeshua as you can get.
from Messiahs Mandate:
Nevertheless, as stated in the previous blog, there was a fundamental change after Acts 15, that permitted fellowship among believing Jews and Gentiles without the Gentiles being expected to follow all of the Torah. This was a revelation from God to the Apostles. Paul refers to the fact that the Nations are heirs together with Israel as a mystery in Ephesians 3.
With the coming of the New Covenant, there is a change of relationship between the circumcised and the uncircumcised. Since the New Testament teaches specifically on the relationship of Jew and Gentile in the new reality of the body of believers, we cannot simply transfer the practices of pre-Yeshua times into the New Covenant period. (Dr. Daniel C. Juster)
While I have fought long and hard against Replacement Theology (the Church is the New Israel), there were some changes between the Old and New Covenants. Under the Old Covenant non-Jews who wanted to be part of the people of Israel had to convert to Judaism. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, this was changed in Acts 10 and 15, and restated in Acts 21:
But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. (Acts 21:25, emphasis mine)
Let me state again, Gentiles believers are free to be circumcised, keep the feasts, keep kosher and embrace all 613 laws identified in traditional Judaism. (To be clear, many of the laws are impossible to keep today – such as laws for owning slaves or making sacrifices, laws for the Levites and priests, laws for making war, and ones that only apply to a Theocratic state, etc.) But once we start compelling non-Jewish believers to do such things as God’s perfect plan, we head off into error.
Read the entire article….
“The more you study the Bible, the more you realize Judaism is the religion of the Bible. It’s the religion the Bible says to do. It’s the religion the people of the Bible, including Jesus, did.”
Daniel Lancaster, Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship,
from a sermon entitled “Messianic Judaism” 4/14/2007